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Woodland Park Apartment Tenants Express Frustration With Apartment Complex

On Wednesday, community members came together at Anthony Oates Park to have an open conversation with Councilman Alex Burton about the recent housing issues in the area.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 9:52 PM
Updated: Jul 22, 2021 7:06 AM

It was a chance for residents to express their concerns.

On Wednesday, community members came together at Anthony Oates Park to have an open conversation with Councilman Alex Burton about the recent housing issues in the area.

An opportunity that resident Frances Johnson wanted to take part in.

"We're living in a bad environment out here, it's time to go," said Johnson. "Everybody's listening and everybody's trying to help. We can call people in the morning and they're going to help us to relocate and try to get out of here and I appreciate that."

After news broke about Woodland Park Apartment tenants possibly facing eviction and losing utilities, many are not sure what they will do if and when CenterPoint Energy disconnects utilities next month as the leasing company is years passed due on their bill.

It's creating a difficult situation for former resident Cheryl Touchstone.

"Right now I'm staying with different family members, you know, I don't know where we're going to stay the next day." said Touchstone.

With many of them up in arms about where to go from here, Councilman Alex Burton, is hearing them out.

As a way to get feedback Burton placed flyers with QR codes on residents mailboxes, leading them to a survey asking what they can do to make improvements.

"The aim is to definitely to make sure all the residents have a voice that is heard and then also putting together an action plan to move forward." said Burton.

At the discussion voices were heard and city leaders plan to do what they can to make sure residents have a roof over their heads.

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